Category: School

Done with KU

My time at KU so far has been largely unproductive. I’ve completed a seminar course and an Intro to Operating Systems course (which I had at UMKC as well when I was an undergrad), and for the two grad courses I’ve attempted so far (this and last semester), I’ve had to drop each one. Just …

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University and “Non-traditional Students”

I’m a non-traditional student, I guess. I would be a traditional grad student if I had started working on my masters right after my bachelors degree, but I was ready to get out of university. I worked in the industry, and then found I enjoy teaching computer science at the college level, and have returned …

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This semester, I’ve been teaching 20 credit hours – 6 classes. Two sections of Data Structures online, three sections of Discrete Math 1, and one section of Discrete Math 2, which is the first time I’ve taught Discrete Math 2. I’m getting it done. I’m not putting as much effort into Data Structures as I …

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Fuck quizzes that the teacher posts on Sunday and makes due on Monday by midnight.

It’s my birthday!

Me: “I should keep up with grading by grading one assignment every night!” My day – Teacher work: Wake up, eat, begin working on class prep for the day. Fund an old lecture on stacks and queues, write a lab, adjust an old project to be a new project. Business work: Create a set of …

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More exams are better

I am stressed out. The class I’m taking has only two exams – Midterm and Final. The exams together are worth 45% of the grade. This is unfortunate for me, considering that I’m not too great at exams! In yet another example of “things that frustrate me as a student, so I try to do …

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Lecture sucks

Scribbles on a slide that is incomprehensible if you're viewing independent of the class.

One of my classes (that I’m a student in) is split into a lecture and a lab. The lecture is three days a week for one hour, and it is only lecture – slides without a theme (black text, white background), instructor talking, stuff from the textbook, occasional review questions. They’re so boring. They suck. …

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I got accepted to KU for their Masters in Computer Science program!

Programming for Discrete Math

I like using programming in the classroom. I’ve never seen programming really used much in any of the math classes I’ve had in the past, save from some odd MatLab projects (of course I opt for NumPy or SciLab – Go FOSS!), and sometimes reading paragraphs of math problem examples in a textbook just makes …

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Dear public internet diary, Today I decided to pay for the GRE fee with my credit card, because I need to get the test over with so I can apply to colleges before the September – December deadlines, but I don’t think I’ll have the spare cash in June. (The financially awkward part of being …

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